As a start on this topic we can look at an early procurement document …..actually a document sent to Congress by Secretary Stoddard. We note the tax dollars as today were spread to many states to assure support for the purchase by Congress….little has change. This is dated 1798-1799 and four pages are posted here……from the National Archives. I will provide comments below. Our procurement processes are today essentially the same convuleted and complicated by bureaucrats and lawyers…..but little substantial change in over 200 years.